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SeaWorld has assured us that its animal carestandards exceed this best practice guidance and are governed by US federal andstate laws alongside accreditation standards set by the Association of Zoos andAquariums as well as the Association of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.Further, SeaWorld does not collect cetaceans from the wild and has not done so fornearly three decades.
On this basis we currently see no reason to end our relationship with theorganisation. (Seaworld) We will continue to offer our customers the option to make their owndecisions on whether to visit SeaWorld.
Of the attractions we visited - the stingrays were packed into a tiny pool that was dirty, tired, and desperately in need of a clean. There were so many in such a confined space that they had barely any room to move. The dolphin area was a similar story - it was a shame to see these beautiful animals packed in to such a small environment (there was a recent fatality when two dolphins collided at a show) - probably the equivalent of a bathtub to us. There was little emphasis on conservation, preservation, or awareness. We expected the park to house these animals in space and comfort. We are not 'animal activists', but we left questioning the morals of a theme park that keeps wild animals in confined spaces and teaches them to do 'tricks' in the name of profit. We were so disappointed that we asked for - and received - our money back. Please think twice before visiting this unethical place and spending a fortune.
A huge effort was made to release Keiko the whale into the wild, costing millions of dollars, and he died only 5 years after being returned to the wild. Who knows if he would have lived longer had he not ever been captured.